Durham Weather Forecast, Past Records And Weather Stories

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These pages are dedicated to Durham Weather (UK) and Weather Photography. I have been interested in the weather here in Durham ever since the hot summers of 1975 & 1976. I started recording my weather observations in a little notebook whilst still at school.

Since then, i’ve continued to measure local weather, although several moves of house (now settled in Durham City) and a trip to college had made the weather measurements a little sporadic in the 90’s, but they are more stable now.

In the 90’s I befriended Helen Goldie and later Professor Tim Burt who ran Durham University Weather Station at Potters Bank in the city (this is the official Met Office Durham Weather reporting site) and began swapping observations.

Durham University Observatory , the Official Met Office Durham reporting site.
Durham University Observatory, the Official Met Office Durham reporting site.

My First Real Weather Station

In the late 1990’s the automated weather station came onto the market and I bought one for myself. It was a Davis Weather Monitor II. This I still regard as the best weather station on the market. It cost me an arm and a leg back then, but it helped me avoid disappearing into the garden at ungodly hours of the day to read the weather instruments.

Measuring of the weather can be done a lot more accurately than the old home made screen, or the thermometer screwed to the doorframe. It allowed me to automatically upload my observations to my weather website, which got me on the World map! These measurements were made in Ferryhill, 6 miles to the South and the archive records can be seen here.

Relocation to Durham

Since 2014, I have relocated to Durham City, where the climate is a little bit different. It’s lower in altitude and closer to the coast. It’s also a city rather than a town, so slightly more urbanised. This makes a difference as gardens are more sheltered, so temperatures can be modified a bit, but it also leads to more gustiness in windy weather as there are more buildings to disrupt the air flow. I have a page detailing the typical climate of Durham and the North East here.

picture of netatmo weather station equipment used to measure the weather at my durham weather station Durham Weather Site currently uses Netatmo equipment for it’s Weather Station Meaurements

What Weather Station do I use now at Durham Weather?

At the moment I am using the NetAtmo Weather Station. Everything is connected wirelessly. I record temperature and rainfall, but not windspeed and direction as I don’t have anywhere to mount the sensor in a meaningful position. The modules log automatically to a website and all averages are calculated for me.

It’s a neat little system and not too expensive to own. The sensors are battery operated and the batteries last ages. I did however have a battery problem when I first got the kit, but NetAtmo sorted it out by sending me a replacement sensor.

I am also a big fan of the Froggit WM3000SE weather station which is the best seller in the Durham Weather Shop.

If you want to see the data from the weather station at Gilesgate, as well as all the other stations in the NetAtmo Weather Network, please take a look on the Live Weather Map page.

Content of the Durham Weather Website

I’ve built up quite a library of Weather related photos over the years, which i’d like to present here if I can. There’s photos of clouds, flooding, sunrises/sunsets, snow, sunshine and nature. I’ll try to write a little about each one and schedule them as if they were posted at the time of occurrence. These are all documented on my Blog.

I’d also like to display weather themed photographs submitted by our viewers. Please note we’d require accurate timings and locations of any submissions. We’ll give full accreditation for any photos we feature. Please contact us if you are interested.

Ferryhill Weather Website Archive

In addition to the Durham data i’m collecting now, I’ve also ported over the data from my old Ferryhill weather website. I was at my previous Ferryhill location for 18 years and have weather records from the end of 1999 up until 2011.

Ferryhill is about 6 miles due South of Durham City and slightly higher in elevation. I always got a good correlation between the Ferryhill data and that collected by Durham University Observatory, which I regularly reference in my posts here.

The monthly summaries are visible on the Ferryhill Archive page.

Bonacina/O’Hara UK Snowfall Statistics

This is a continuation of the UK Snowfall History catalog developed by Leo Bonacina. It has been augmented by me with information from additional sources. This brought it up to date (the original only covered 1875-1975). Each winter has been classified as ‘Little’, ‘Average’, ‘Snowy’ or ‘Very Snowy’  and colour coded, depending on the amount of snow and how generally it fell.

I have continued this UK snowfall series and extended it to the present day, trying to categorise each winters snowfall in the same way. See the Bonacina/O’Hara Snowfall Anaysis page here.

The Durham Weather Shop

We have a little shop set up here at the Durham Weather website (in association with Amazon.co.uk). Any purchases will support the site with a small commission.

We typically carry a selection of cost effective Weather Stations that you can buy. Perfect if you fancy setting up your own system and starting to observe to prove the Daily Express wrong!

Get the Met Office weather for Durham here

Why You Need a Home Weather Station
Use a home weather station to monitor your environment, both inside and outside your home, or install one in your greenhouse to help you keep an eye on the conditions in the garden. Home weather stations can bring you all sorts of data on the prevailing conditions: temperature, humidity, time, moon phase, wind speed, rainfall as well as air purity and co2 details.

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12 thoughts on “Durham Weather Forecast, Past Records And Weather Stories”

    • Thanks Rob, it was a really good walk out. The weather was superb and the colours were absolutely gorgeous. We did about six and a half miles altogether and only stopped for one cup of americano and a sandwich. Some of the cloudscapes were immense, especially earlier in the day. We should do it more often as a lot of the woodland is just across the road from us. Durham is a fantastic place to live.


  1. This is great Ang will be super exited by this,she is Durham born and Bred and strangely enough a bit of a weather geek too

    • Hi Rory/Ang, always great to connect with local people! As you’ll see from the website, i’ve been a bit of a weather ‘freak’ since the mid-70’s and it’s my passion. Looking forward to talking in the future as we’re often in Claypath Deli.


  2. I find your site very interesting and wonder if you could help me.

    I am looking for historic weather details (mostly about rain) relating to the Castle Eden/ Peterlee area.

    Do you know of any person or group that has recorded data for this area over the past few years?

    I woud bre grateful for any help or guidance about this matter.

    Thank you in anticipation

    Bruce Adams

  3. Hi
    I am not sure how my search brought me to your site. I read your front page and I have a Netatmo weather station as well. I’ve often wondered if it was possible to extract the data from it and on reading your review you mention an app called Smartmixin. I had a look and downloaded it. I had not heard of it before and was amazed that it allowed me to access all my Weather records back to 2014 when I set the station up. Thanks very much for the pointer and I now have all my data in a spreadsheet. The only problem I’ve had with the station is that it goes off-line now and again. It seems to do it over a period of a few days and then it stops and is up for many weeks at a time. I’ve not been able to find out what triggers it. I did speak to Netatmo about it and they suggested dedicating a port for it but I have not been able to find the menu in my Talktalk router to do that. It is a Huwaei

    • Hi Simon,

      Good to hear from another NetAtmo user. The station never usually causes any bother and like you say it can run for long periods and then experiences a glitch. I put it down to broadband problems and sometimes it downloads firmware updates which may cause a problem when it tries to install them.

      SmartMixin (strange name) is really just a query tool that accesses the data on the NetAtmo servers, where the data is stored. Why NetAtmo don’t make their own client better, I don’t know, but I produce all of my monthly reports from SmatMixin and can’t fault it really.

      Where exactly are you from?


      • The far south. Well not quite far south as you can get a lower latitude and still be in the UK. Bexhill is the answer. It is rain that has been my interest this year or the lack of it. One of my favourite weather prediction apps is WeatherProHD. Many times this year I have seen an odd phenomena. I see a prediction of rain but when the time comes Bexhill seems to just miss it. It is almost as if there is ray machine that pushes the rain away at the last moment. I have had no rain this month, 13.6mm in July, 19.1mm for June and only 2.7mm for May. All very low. My poor garden is very dry. It would be great to have data for nearby towns such as Eastbourne, Hasting and Battle. I do not know if that data is available or not.


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